Puppy-proof your home

The first few weeks of a new puppy’s life are all about socialisation and exploring and no doubt your puppy will be in every nook and cranny of your home. You will need to have eyes in the back of your head to watch your puppy as much as possible, but obviously there will be times when you cannot be by your puppy’s side. Therefore, you need to make sure that your puppy is safe in your home when you cannot be there to supervise.

Make sure that any household cleaners and any other kinds of chemicals are out of bounds for your puppy so that they cannot chew them. Put them in high up cupboards so there is no chance that your puppy can get to them. Although it seems less of a risk, make sure that you do this with food as well, as something like chocolate can be very dangerous to your puppy.

Be aware of any wires that could be tugged at or chewed by your puppy coming from lamps or computers. If you leave the radio or the television on as ‘company’ for your puppy when you go out of the house, make sure the volume is not too high as any sudden or unusual loud noises could scare them – it might be better to simply let the puppy get used to the ambient noises around your home, such as the sound of traffic, sirens and neighbours coming and going, as once they become familiar with them, they will be more comfortable in their surroundings.